2020 was a year of big change for MIGA’s Risk Education.  While our initial plans were put down, we were not out!  We moved rapidly to offer more online activities to facilitate education and ‘social distancing’.  We appreciate that many of you missed the opportunity to catch up with colleagues through attendance at our face-to-face workshops and conferences.  We missed you too! 😥. While we are hoping to return to some face-to-face events in 2021 the practicalities of unpredicted border closures and distancing requirements at events, remain a challenge.

Some of you will have attended the webinar “COVID-19 – Looking back to look forward”.  The response from members was incredible with over 340 attendees who had the opportunity to put questions to the panelists; Professor Anne Tonkin, Chair of the Medical Board of Australia, Dr Stephen Parnis, Emergency Physician from the Victorian frontline, Dr Roger Sexton, Chair of Doctors’ Health SA and MIGA Board member and Tim Bowen of MIGA, who covered the medico-legal aspects.  The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and we have since made the recording available on demand with over 120 doctors having watched the recording so far.  What the response told us was that this format of education, while less interactive than we would usually offer, met the needs of many of you and provided a forum for keeping abreast of the issues that are occurring at the coal face.

Based on the popularity of this first webinar, early in February we held a second webinar, “Opioid prescribing – what’s changed?’ with over 700 registrations.

The session was chaired by Professor Owen Ung, an MIGA Board member and general surgeon (Breast & Endocrine). Our thanks to those of you who attended, and to our panelists, Dr Margaret Wilson from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Freya Waddington from the Department of Health, Dr Irina Hollington an anaesthetist and specialist pain medicine physician, Dr Hester Wilson a GP and addiction specialist and Tim Bowen from MIGA.  We are always in awe of the insights our panelists bring to the discussion topic and the difference their specialist knowledge makes in getting to the heart of often complex issues.  A recording of the webinar will soon be available, so keep an eye on your inbox for more information and a link to register for the download.

As we approach the end of the 2020/2021 Program Period on 31 March 2021, please bear in mind that the webinar recordings are a points earning activity, so they represent an easy way to earn 5 risk management points for watching each activity!  Ten Points in the Program year qualifies eligible doctors to a 10% premium discount on renewal.

If you would like more information about the webinars or wish to access the recordings, please contact Kerry-Ann Klop or Jane Clark in the Risk Management team on 1800 777 156 or at risk@miga.com.au.

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